Thanksgiving Day! What are you thankful for?

November 16, 2007 at 11:02 pm | Posted in Family, First Thanksgiving, heritage, Thanksgiving, Traditions | 1 Comment

Thanksgiving has always been a day of family and friends for me. This year will be harder than usual as we won’t be with our daughter and son-in-law, their professions require them to work with the less fortunate in their communities. We won’t be traveling to visit family out-of-town and we will miss them! Instead it will be small and probably include my husband’s sister and her friend. This year is also the first year we have a vegan daughter! No Tofurkey though! We will make a small Turkey and enjoy it! As much as our daughter Kendra loves to cook, we will probably be blessed with some delicious vegan dish to add to the table. I hope your Thanksgiving is blessed  with family and friends and some turkey too!


The History of Thanksgiving

Ever wonder what the pilgrims and their Native American guests really ate at the first feast? The truth may surprise you. Contrary to popular belief, they didn’t sit down to a meal featuring turkey, corn, cranberries, and pumpkin pie (in fact, they didn’t even have forks!).

Travel back to Plymouth and discover some of the humble origins of Thanksgiving traditions we celebrate today and what the original celebration was actually like!

These links are from The History Channel an excellent source of information regarding our heritage.

Infant & Toddler QuickSource(R) is an excellent tool for Parents!

November 16, 2007 at 10:03 pm | Posted in Babies, Delopmental Stages, Fathers, Kindermusik, Mom's, Mother's, Parenting, School Readiness | Leave a comment

This teacher guide is also a wonderful tool for parents of homeschoolers and other parents in need of ideas or interested in trying out fun things at home that focus on the developmental ages and stages of your children.

Infant QuickSource®

Mom and Child

Observe and identify developmental stages for infants. Find experiences that help reinforce and support developmental milestones, aiming to build the foundation of learning. Infant caregivers must understand that all essential guidelines for infants revolve around the domains of language, cognitive, social/emotional and motor development. Exploration, perception, communication, mobility, self-competence, trust, relationships, independence, and impulse control (beginning around 18 months) are all developmental goals for infants. This invaluable, easy-to-use resource provides comprehensive support across eight domains of emergent learning for children from birth to 18 months.

Toddler QuickSource®

Mom and Daughter rocking

Children from birth to age three are in the most critical period for language development. Children in the toddler years are active explorers and need many small and gross motor activities as well as opportunities to problem-solve. Because this is a prime age for building connections within the brain, language, cognitive skills, social emotional development and physical development are the four areas of focus for the toddler group. The developmental guidelines in this QuickSource are categorized into eight learning domains. At all times, however, the guidelines provide an emphasis on the four areas above.

The Evolution of Dance ~ too funny!

November 16, 2007 at 4:54 am | Posted in Babies, Dancing, FUN, humor, Kindermusik, Music | Leave a comment

As we have just finished up our Kindermusik Village DoSiDo classes I know you are still dancing those crazy dances at home with your baby! The brave may want to add some of these moves for fun!

Music Lessons Pay off in Higher Earnings Harris Poll says…

November 16, 2007 at 4:20 am | Posted in Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Musical Instruments, Parenting, Singing, Voice Students | 1 Comment

Music lessons pay off in higher earnings: poll

Those hours practicing piano scales or singing with a choral group
weren’t for nothing because people with a background in music tend to
have a higher education and earn more, according to a new survey.

The poll by Harris Interactive, an independent research company, showed
that 88 percent of people with a post-graduate education were involved
in music while in school, and 83 percent of people earning $150,000 or
more had a music education.

“Part of it is the discipline itself in learning music, it’s a rigorous
discipline, and in an ensemble situation, there’s a great deal of
working with others. Those types of skills stand you well in careers
later in life,” said John Mahlmann, of the National Association for
Music Education in Reston, Virginia, which assisted in the survey.

In addition to the practical skills gained from studying music, people
questioned in the online poll said it also gave them a sense of personal

Students who found music to be extremely or very influential to their
fulfillment were those who had vocal lessons and who played in a garage
band. Nearly 80 percent of the 2,565 people who took part in the survey
last month who were still involved in music felt the same way.

“That’s the beauty of music, that they can bring both hard work and
enjoyment together, which doesn’t always happen elsewhere,” Mahlmann
added in and interview.

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